The Trouma des Boucs raises on the border between the Valle d’Aosta (Italy) and the Switzerland.
The mountain is climbed in winter by ski and in summer.
The rocky environment of this trekking is really wild and offers an inusual panorama on some Switzerland mountains as the south east face of the Grand Combin, the massif of Mont Blanc de Cheillon and the big Glacier d’Otemma.
On the Italian side, more than the far Gran Paradiso, the view includes the severe walls of the Morion Group and the Mont Gelé.
The easy ridge of the Dents d’Oyace and the high part of the way for the Trouma des Boucs is appreciated by people loving a little of adventure because there is no path and the course from the Col of Crête Sèche to the Col of Chardonney is not fixed.
The use of the ancient Bivacco Spataro in place of the Rifugio Crête Sèche add some more adventure and an old alpinism atmosphere.
Of course in this case it’s necessary to carry his own food or to buy it in the Rifugio.
Starting from the Bivacco Spataro or the Rifugio Crête Sèche it’s possible to climb more difficult summits as the Mont Gelé (harness, crampons, axe and rope), or some interesting rock walls as the Vierge de l’Arolletta (IV), the Morion (IV;V), the Becca di Chardonney (IV).
WGS84 UTM Zone 32T
Rifugio Crête Sèche 375.849 E 5.082.405 N
Col de Crête Sèche 375.291 E 5.084.358 N
Bivacco Spataro 375.368 E 5.083.032 N
Trouma des Boucs 376.146 E 5.085.727 N
Dents d’Oyace 374.609 E 5.084.009N
The Rifugio Crête Sèche, of the Italian Alpine Club (tel. Tel. 0165.730.030 www.rifugiocreteseche.it , is an 80 places hut, open from march to may for ski and in summer from june to september.
A winter room with beds and blankets, not guarded and not heated, is open in the cold season.
This hut is the base to climb the Mont Gelé (3519 m) and several other interesting summits including the Trouma des Boucs.
A 9 places small bivouac, dedicated to the alpinist Franco Spataro, is placed 20 minutes over the Rifugio Crête Sèche.
In the bivouac beds and blankets are available but the small building is not guarded and not heated.
To arrive to the Rifugio Crête Sèche: start from the town of Aosta in the direction of the Col of Gran San Bernardo and in Variney (4Km) keep on the right the road for Valpelline (10Km).
In Valpelline take the direction of Bionaz. In the village of Dzovenno, some kilometer before Bionaz, turn on the left for Ruz (1696 m).Leave the car in the free parking and, on foot, go up to the Rifugio Crête Sèche (2410 m) (2h e 30’).
No permits, fee or seasonnal closures or parking pass except the prohibition to camp out of the authorized campings.Out of the authorized campings it is possible to set a tent only from 19 pm to 7 am over the 2500 m.
When To Climb
The mountain is climbed in winter by ski and in summer: march and april for ski and in summer from june to september.
Along the road from Aosta to Ruz, described in the previous section, a camping is present in Valpelline, Camping Grand Combin www.grandcombin.com mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. 0165.73250 and a second in Dzovenno , “Camping Lac Lexert” email@example.com , www.campinglaclexert.it 0165.730109
There are not specific web sites but general meteo and snow sites: www.regione.vda.it . No web cams.